March 21, 2023

Highway Department

Union County Highway System

Load Restrictions

Effective 3/1/2023


7 tons per axle weight limits were placed on all asphalt surfaced highways,

as well as gravel surfaced roads #1G (307 Street, between 481 Avenue & River Road),

#14 (304 Street, between SD Hwy 11 & River Road) and

#27 (481 Avenue, between SD 46 & CR#13 [302 Street]).



Under the authority of SDCL 32-22-24, a Highway Maintaining Authority may restrict loads on their highways.  The purpose of the load restrictions is to protect the highways from break-up during the spring thaw.  Seasonal climatic changes can be detrimental to our highways.  The Union County Board of Commissioners desires to protect existing Union County Highways, ultimately saving tax dollars.

Please be advised that the annual spring load limits may be applied at any time and may stay on through April 30.  The actual date the limits are put on and taken off is determined by weather and roadway conditions.  The limits will be enforced upon the placing of the load limit signs.

The 7-ton axle weight limit is applicable to wagons as well as motorized vehicles.

Overweight and over width permits will not be issued while spring restrictions are in effect.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Union County Board of Commissioners

Union County Highway Department

Union County Sheriff




 Instances have come to the attention of the Union County Highway Department of violations of South Dakota Codified Law 31-32-3.1, entitled INTENTIONAL DUMPING ON HIGHWAY RIGHT OF WAY PROHIBITED.  This statute applies to all public highways, all County Highways, and Township Roads.  The piling of snow on County Highways, or within the Right-of-Way thereof, causes a serious hazard to the traveling public and constitutes a Class 1 misdemeanor.  These piles of snow can cause serious injuries or fatalities if struck by a vehicle.  They also cost the County funds to remove or push back.  Because the piles of snow can become very solid, and at times contain debris, serious damage to County snow removal equipment can occur.

The County can recover the cost of equipment damage from the individual responsible for the snow piles, SDCL 31-32-9.  In addition, the person performing this misdemeanor also may be legally liable in the event of a vehicle accident.  Please remove or flatten any piles you may have placed on public highways, as well as refrain from piling snow in the future.



Rural Access Infrastructure information is available at the following link:

Union County Highway Department

501 E. Pleasant Street

Elk Point, SD 57025-2159

Office Phone: (605) 356-2351

Shop Phone: (605) 356-3251

FAX: (605) 356-2348

Email: [email protected]

Winter Office Hours

October 30, 2022 – March 25, 2023

Monday – Friday (Excluding Holidays)

7:30 A.M. –4:00 P.M.

Office Staff

Highway Superintendent: Jerry Buum – [email protected]

Executive Secretary: Cristy Harkness – [email protected]

Administrative Assistant: Samantha Langley – [email protected]


Elk Point Crew

Bob Bradshaw

Larry Clark

Dan Kayl

Sabrina Langley

Paul Limoges

Oliver Morris

Jeff Noteboom – Assistant Superintendent

Verlyn Portz

Dale Steckelberg



Alcester Shop

110 Ofstad Street

Alcester, SD 57001

Shop Phone: (605) 934-2210

Fax: (605) 934-2209

Alcester Crew

Richard Beeler – Road Foreman

Riley Ericson

Josh Homandberg

Dale Jurrens

Derek Lykken




Various Permits:
Please fill out the forms listed below and email to [email protected]
Application for permit within and/or across the right of way of Union County Highways:
Utility ROW Permit 01.27.2020
Oversize/Overwidth Permit:
_Moving Permit Fillable (Sample)

The links below are not completely functional at this time


2016 Union County Structure Map


Union County Highway System Map

2007 Union County System 2012 June 18


For South Dakota Interstate & Highway closures

South Dakota Motor Carrier Enforcement

South Dakota Driver’s License Information

Preparedness Guides

National Weather Service – Sioux Falls

Big Sioux River Hydrology




Last updated on March 17, 2023 9:12 am